Don't want to goof it up!

sage721November 30, 2010

My one and only orchid is a rehab assignment Phal. I just noticed the emergence of a flower spike. Unfortunately, the spike appeared just when I was making plans to repot. The spike is probably 1" long and the plant looks otherwise healthy. Except that its been in the same pot for probably like two years and some of the visable roots (in a clear plastic pot inside terracotta pot) are kinda brown. Was thinking a root pruning and repot would be a good idea. If I root prune gently and cleanly then repot, will the plant abort the blooming effort? If it does bloom for several months (fingers crossed), I won't be able to repot for a while. Don't want to goof this up.... any suggestions would be much appreciated....

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cody_mi(z5 MI)

go ahead and repot it now. decide how many roots are still good after you trim off dead. if there's still several good roots, then just leave the spike. if there's very few left the cut the spike off and let the energy go into making new roots.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 2:28PM
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Looks like I got a pretty good bunch of roots to work with, so I'll go ahead with the repot. From what I've been reading, phals are pretty easy to care for, so I would assume that would include being forgiving to the care of an amateur. Like I said, my first orchid, so thanks much for the advise.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 2:36PM
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cody_mi(z5 MI)

just feel each of the roots. the good ones will be gray/white and firm and the bad ones will be brown and mushy or hollow. cut off the strings inside the hollow ones too

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 4:36PM
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ifraser25(z11 Brazil)

Once a Phal makes a spike it usually fights to the bitter death to keep it. I have one flowering right now which has completely dropped all its leaves. They are not meant to be deciduous. Do what the hell you like to it, you will not prevent it flowering. The big challenge is get the b*****s to go into spike in the first place! - Ian.

    Bookmark   November 30, 2010 at 8:10PM
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I have to disagree. I've had spikes abort with a change in temps. I've had them abort with a repot. If I really wanted the flowers, I'd wait unless the plant is rotting. Doesn't sound like it is.


    Bookmark   December 1, 2010 at 12:37AM
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